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Haircuts can be a traumatic experience for kids—the uncertainty of what is happening, the new sensory stimulants and the very word "cut" itself can induce anxiety that's difficult to assuage. There are lots of different things you can try to help your children cope, from getting their hair cut in a familiar place by a familiar person, letting them watch an older sibling or parent get their hair cut first, distracting them with shows and treats, letting them cover their ears for most of it so they don't hear the buzzing, etc. Another great way to ease anxiety around haircuts is to introduce it through books, and let them watch these storybook heroes conquer their own fears and discover that it actually works out alright in the end and that there's actually nothing to be scared of. Here are some of our very favorites for alleviating haircut woes—we hope you love them too!

Wally Does Not Want a Haircut book
#1
Wally Does Not Want a Haircut
Written and illustrated by Amanda Driscoll
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This is a great little book about overcoming your fears, whether that be getting a haircut or anything else! I personally loved all the punny language (although it may be over the youngest readers heads!), complete with onomatopoeia, alliteration and terrific vocabulary! The silly illustrations make this a totally fun and humorous read!

Wally the sheep does not want to get the haircut he really needs, even after all the other farm animals get new hairdos, but when his shaggy wool gets him in trouble, he has no choice but to ask for a trim.

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut book
#2
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
Written by Derrick Barnes and illustrated by Gordon C. James
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This is such a fun book about the confidence and self-love a new haircut can bring. I love the illustrations in this book and the overall feel that the boy's perspective brings of feeling "fly" and "fresh" after a cut. :)

Named one of the best books of 2017 by NPR, the Huffington Post , Publishers Weekly , Kirkus Reviews , the Los Angeles Times , the Boston Globe , the Horn Book Magazine , the News & Observer , BookPage , Chicago Public Library, and more The barbershop is where the magic happens. Boys go in as lumps of clay and, with princely robes draped around their shoulders, a dab of cool shaving cream on their foreheads, and a slow, steady cut, they become royalty. That crisp yet subtle line makes boys sharper, more visible, more aware of every great thing that could happen to them when they look good: lesser grades turn into As; girls take notice; even a mother’s hug gets a little tighter. Everyone notices. A fresh cut makes boys fly. This rhythmic, read-aloud title is an unbridled celebration of the self-esteem, confidence, and swagger boys feel when they leave the barber’s chair—a tradition that places on their heads a figurative crown, beaming with jewels, that confirms their brilliance and worth and helps them not only love and accept themselves but also take a giant step toward caring how they present themselves to the world. The fresh cuts. That’s where it all begins. Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut is a high-spirited, engaging salute to the beautiful, raw, assured humanity of black boys and how they see themselves when they approve of their reflections in the mirror.

Even Monsters Need Haircuts book
#3
Even Monsters Need Haircuts
Written and illustrated by Matthew McElligott
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Just before midnight, on the night of a full moon, a young barber stays out past his bedtime to go to work. Although his customers are mostly regulars, they are anything but normal--after all, even monsters need haircuts. Business is steady all night, and this barber is prepared for anything with his scissors, rotting tonic, horn polish, and stink wax. It's a tough job, but someone's got to help these creatures maintain their ghoulish good looks. Perfect for Halloween, this is a hilarious story about a boy who follows in his father's footsteps . . . in his own monstrously unique way.

When Your Llama Needs a Haircut book
#4
When Your Llama Needs a Haircut
Written by Susanna Leonard Hill and illustrated by Daniel Wiseman
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

When it’s picture day and you realize your llama needs a haircut, you’ll need a good comb and some luck! This charming and hilarious board book features one shaggy llama and a whole lot of hairstyles! Uh-oh. It’s picture day and someone's a mess! Does your llama need a haircut? After a hilarious shampoo, it’s time to decide which style would be best for your shaggy llama. A mohawk? Layers? Or how about a brand-new fur color? But be careful…or you just might end up with a haircut, too!

Bippity Bop Barbershop book
#5
Bippity Bop Barbershop
Written by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley and illustrated by E.B. Lewis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

In this companion book to the bestselling I Love My Hair, a young boy, Miles, makes his first trip to the barbershop with his father. Like most little boys, he is afraid of the sharp scissors, the buzzing razor, and the prospect of picking a new hairstyle. But with the support of his dad, the barber, and the other men in the barbershop, Miles bravely sits through his first haircut. Written in a reassuring tone with a jazzy beat and illustrated with graceful, realistic watercolors, this book captures an important rite of passage for boys and celebrates African-American identity.

  1. Super Hair-o and the Barber of Doom - B is for Bookworm - This is such a cute book! So funny. I love that the friends figure out they're still super, even after they lose their super hair that gave them special powers. :) Fun read!

  2. This Monster Needs a Haircut - The Book Snob Mom - This is a great book for kiddos who are a little nervous about getting a haircut for whatever reason. It's humorous and far enough removed from a normal hair-cut nervousness situation (unless YOUR child is most concerned about still being able to scare giraffes...) to suggest that getting a haircut could be a good thing without it feeling personal, and the story is cute too!

  3. Maxwell the Monkey Barber - Maxwell the monkey operates a barbershop, where he offers everything from a trim to a chop. He excels at helping his fellow animals look shipshape and feel their best, no matter how unruly their locks. Whatever the coiffure quandary, Maxwell is your monkey. He tames Baboon s curls, styles Lion s mane, and trims Bear s beard, exclaiming each time: Your hair s the best I ve seen today! All s well until Elephant comes in, feeling sad because he has "no" hair. Can Maxwell help? Of course! After some careful thinking, he devises a solution to help even Elephant feel his best. Cale Atkinson s bright, cartoon-like digital illustrations beckon readers into Maxwell s world in this playful tale. Rhyming text, speech bubbles, and a refrain make this story a fun read-aloud accessible to early readers. Full of personality and style, Maxwell has a genuine charm and enthusiasm for helping others that kids will find immediately contagious.

  4. Florence Frizzball - A funny, heart-warming sibling story from Claire Freedman, author of the bestselling Aliens Love Underpants series and picture books Oliver and Patch and The Great Snortle Hunt. Florence’s curly-whirly, wild and crazy hair couldn’t be more different from her brother Ben’s sleek and shiny do. She begs her mum to let a hairdresser try and tame it, but when she gets the restyle she's after, will Florence be happy with the outcome? Claire Freedman's rhyming text and Jane Massey's gorgeous illustrations perfectly combine to create laugh-out-loud moments and deliver an important message about being comfortable in your own skin.

Baghead book
#10
Baghead
Written and illustrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

From the author of Good Night, Monkey Boy, the hilarious tale of a haircut gone awry! One day Josh had a big, brown bag idea: to wear a paper bag over his head. He thought it was a good idea. His mother did not. Neither did his bus driver, his teacher, or his soccer coach. What could Josh possibly be hiding? A surprise ending will keep kids giggling–and from taking haircuts into their own hands!

The Hair Book book
#11
The Hair Book
Written by Graham Tether and illustrated by Andrew Joyner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

An easy reader about hair—and all the things you can do with it—that’s perfect for fans of classic Dr. Seuss concept books like The Foot Book and The Eye Book! Full Color Illustrations.

Rapunzel book
#12
Rapunzel
Written and illustrated by Francesca Rossi
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-12

A beautiful girl with extraordinarily long golden hair is imprisoned in a lonely tower by a witch.

Hair-Pocalypse book
#13
Hair-Pocalypse
Written by Geoff Herbach and illustrated by Stephen Gilpin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Second-grader Aiden Allen has seriously wild hair; in fact it keeps forming itself into weird shapes, and interfering with his school day, and nothing he says will make it behave--until finally Aiden and his hair come to a compromise that involves washing.

Hair book
#14
Hair
Written and illustrated by Leslie Patricelli
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I love this simple book about a little one who's hair is growing. It talks about how to keep it clean and nice, as well as what your first haircut experience might be like!

Is Baby really ready for that first haircut? With the usual panache, Leslie Patricelli’s one-haired wonder leads the way into another new experience. It’s important to take care of your hair, even if you only have one! As Baby can tell you, that hair gets washed when it’s dirty and brushed when it looks messy. But when it grows and grows, there’s only one thing to do. This funny and reassuring look at a toddler rite of passage is ideal for little readers—especially those with a tiny bit of trepidation about that first haircut.

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